Descendants of John Stamper
 Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 STAMPER was born Abt. 1640 in England, and died 1690 in Middlesex County, VA. He married (1) DORCAS Bef. 1667. She died Jul 16, 1667 in Middlesex County, VA. He married (2) ELIZABETH Aft. 1667. She died Apr 29, 1683 in Middlesex County, VA. He married (3) CARY/CAREW May 08, 1684 in Middlesex County, VA. She died Bet. 1712 - 1713 in Middlesex County, VA.

Based on two facts, it is presumed that John Stamper was the immigrant ancestor and that he was from England. (1) At the time he arrived, the immigrants of the Virginia Colony were almost exclusively from England. (2) John Stamper's handwriting points to English rather than colonial origins.
We do not know who the parents of John Stamper were for sure. Some Stamper researchers believe John may have been the son of Phillipe "Philip" Stamper and Weniffrid "Winifryde" Hodgshon, but this is not proven. Philip Stamper married Weniffrid Hodgshon on June 17, 1645, in Crosthwaite, Cumberland, England. They have 3 recorded children: John, Anthony, and George. John was christened on May 16, 1647. Anthony was christened on May 24, 1651. George was born on July 16, 1654. They were all born in Crosthwaite.
However, other Stamper researchers believe John was the son of William Stamper (1610-1682/3) and Elizabeth Partridge (ca.1612-1648). William landed in Massachusetts from Cumberland Co., England. William's parents were John and Ann Stamper. However, there appears to be no records of William having a son named John.
We are not for certain when John Stamper arrived in Virginia. The earliest mention of him is in 1665, when he was one of those listed as fit for military service.
John Stamper was a literate man. He was both a planter and a carpenter. He was requested by both the church and the court to view the quality of carpentry work done by others. At one time he was a Major in the Lancaster militia. He entertained Minister John Shepherd in his home in 1679.
Early records refer to John Stamper as "Mr". At that time, "Mr." was then a title used for men of high standing in their community, who had established themselves as gentlemen of integrity.
It is known that John had at least one bound servant. From Court Orders, Book No. 1, 1673-1680 dated February 2, 1673, page 3: "Mary Grier, daughter of Anner Grier is bound apprenticed to John Stamper". About a year after John's death, we find in the court orders on April 6, 1691: "Mary Grier, Apprenticed to John Stamper decd is this day discharged and set free and ordered to be paid Corne and Cloathes according to act".
The Will of John Stamper:
In ye name of God Amen. I John Stamper of ye County of Midlesex being in good health of body, and of sound and pfect Mind and Memory, Praise be therefore given unto Allmighty God, doe make and ordaine this my pesent Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) first and principally I commend my Soul into ye hands of Allmighty God, hopeing through ye Merrits death and passion of my Savior Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins, and to inherite everlasting Life, and my body I commit to ye Earth to be decently buried at ye discrecion of my Executors hereafter Named and as touching ye discretion of all Such Temporall Estate, As it hath pleased Allmighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth;
first I will that my debts and funerall charge shall be paid and discharged. Item I doe give and bequeath unto My Loving Wife Carew Stamper, & my Loveing Sonn John Stamper all my Temporall Estate that Lieth of Consisteth in goods and Chattles whatsoever Jointly betwene them boath, whome I do leave my Joynt and Sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. Item I leaveth Richard Robinson my Sonns guardian Item That my Loveing wife aforesaid Carew Stamper doe Injoy and possess the third part of all my Lands for her life, and in Case that my Sonn John die before he cometh to age my will is that my aforesaid wife Carew Stamper Shall Injoy and possess all my Lands to her and her heirs forever, and I doe hereby Revoke and disanull and make voide all former wills and Testaments by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I the said John Stamper to this my Last will and Testament Sett my hand and Seale, this ninth day of November one thousand Six hundred Eighty and Eight-1688.
John Stamper /seal/
Sealed and Delivered
in ye psents of
Robard Vallicot
George Wortam
William Vallicot


Notes for DORCAS:
Dorcas was a rare name in Middlesex County, and more than likely, she was a newcomer to the area. From the Parish Register of Christ Church, "Dorcas Stamper, the wife of John Stamper dyed July 16th 1667."


Notes for ELIZABETH:
From the Parish Register of Christ Church, "Elizabeth Stamper ye Wife of Jno. Stamper departd this life 29th Aprill 1683." Also found in the Register, "Jno. Stamper, the sone of Jno. and Elizabeth Stamper was borne the 29th of August 1677 and was baptized at the house of the said Jno Stamper p. Mr. Sheppard, 8th of October 1677."


Notes for CARY/CAREW:
We are not sure of the maiden name of Cary/Carew. However, some researchers have suggested that her maiden name may have been Powell and that she gave her son her maiden name. We may never know what her maiden name was for sure because of the lack of records.
Sometime after John Stamper's death, Carew married Peter Tindall by whom she had a son, Richard, born early 1694. Peter died mid 1697, and in September of that year, Carew took the administration of his estate. Before October 1699, Carew married Henry Barnes. In July 1707 both Henry and Carew were ordered to account for the Stamper and Tindall estates. Early 1713 the cross complaints of Powell Stamper and Henry Barnes were dismissed from court, probably indicating that Carew had died and there were problems settling what was owed to Powell Stamper. In July 1714, Henry Barnes married Johanna Lawrence. Henry Barnes died on October 23, 1717.


i. JOHN2 STAMPER, b. Aug 29, 1677, Middlesex County, VA.

According to the book, "Stamper Court Records of Middlesex Co., VA", only two records were found naming John Stamper, Jr: his birth record and his fathers will. Since Powell Stamper (1685/90-1727) inherited all his father's estate, it is assumed that John, Jr., died before reaching maturity. The Elizabeth Stamper whose inventory was returned to court in 1697, makes one wonder if John lived long enough to have gotten married. Elizabeth Stamper would have to be an adult with her own property. Since there were no other Stampers in Middlesex County during this time period, this seems to be the only plausible answer; yet, there are no records to prove the theory.
We find the following record of John Stamper, Jr., in the Parish Register of Middlesex Co., VA: "Jno. Stamper, the sone of Jno. and Elizabeth Stamper was borne the 29th of August 1677 and was baptized at the house of the said Jno Stamper p. Mr. Sheppard, 8th of October 1677."




Baptism: Oct 08, 1677

2. ii. POWELL2 STAMPER, b. Bet. 1685 - 1690, Middlesex County, VA; d. May 22, 1727, Middlesex County, VA.


Generation No. 2 


2. POWELL2 STAMPER (JOHN1) was born Bet. 1685 - 1690 in Middlesex County, VA, and died May 22, 1727 in Middlesex County, VA. He married MARY BROOKS Apr 10, 1708 in Middlesex County, VA1, daughter of JONATHAN BROOKS and SARAH. She was born 1687.

No record of Powell Stamper's birth has been found. The fact that Powell named a daughter Cary who died young and a later daughter Kerah (probably the same name spelled differently by the church scribes of the day) is good indication that he was the son of John Stamper and his third wife, Cary/Carew. He also named his first son John (after his father?). Research in the Tidewater Virginia area has not revealed definite evidence of Stampers in that area before John Stamper.
According to the Parish Register of Christ Church, "Powell Stampar & Mary Brookes were married ye 10th of April 1708".
In 1711, Powell Stamper sold 100 acres (out of his 200 acres) to John Lewis. The 100 acres which were left remained in the Stamper family until James Stamper and Nancy Stamper Williams sold it to William F. Newcomb in October of 1852.
Powell seems to have inherited his fathers estate and to have been a reasonably prosperous Tidewater farmer. At the time of his death, he left a considerable estate.
The inventory of his estate was presented to the Court of Middlesex Co., VA on July 4, 1727. "In obedience to an order of Court held the six of June 1727. We the Subscribers first sworn have met and appraised the Estate of Powell Stamper deceased as followeth:
3 young steers, 3 yearlings, 3 cows with calf, 8 barren cows, 1 heifer, 1 old mare, young mare, 4 Ewes and 6 lambs, 2 old beds and furniture, bed and furniture, 1 old bed and furniture, 1 old table, 1 old chest, 1 smal chest, 1 ditto, 5 old chares and 3 frames, 1 felt hat, 2 remnants of cloth, 2 *Quires* of Paper, parcel of old cloths, 1 Raw dowe skin, 3 jiggs, 1 meal sifter, 1 *Rundet*, 1 old tub and 3 old poles, 3 frying pans, 1 iron pot, one grate pot and one small do (pot) & hooks, 1 ladle and flesh hook, 1 pare of fior tongs & gridiron, 1 brass skillet, a parcel of carpenters tools, a pare of old Shoes, 1 Sadle and bridle and cloth, 1/2 Powder & a Shott 6 fish hooks, 1 Box Iron and heater, a parcel of old books, 47 lb of tabo and 10 p pound, 9 lb of old Puter, 1 dish, 1 old tankard, a parcel of lime, 15 quart bottles, 1 Small Looking glass, 1 old gun, 1 old do (gun), 3 pr of wool cards, 13 1/2 pounds of picked cotton, a parcle of old cotton, 22a of unpicked cotton at 2 pa to 10 3/4 pounds of cotton at 4 p pound, 2 wedges & 1 cutting knife, 1 Iron Pestle, 2 Grubbing hoes/2 axes/2 weed hoes, 38 pd of old iron, 1 old rope 1 old gun barrell, 3 old tubs, 1 sifting tray 1 tub, 2 raw hides, cask, 8 barren hogs at 4 shill pr hog, 4 Sows at fore shilling sow, 13 Shott at 12 d piece, and 4 hogs not yet come to hand."
Executor: Mary Stamper (her X mark) Witnesses: J.C. Tagel, J.H. Lewis, Lawr. Orrill. (*Quires*- is a book of loose pages, *Rundet*- is a cask)
At a court held for Middlesex County the 11th day of July 1727:
Mary Stamper made Oath to this Inventory of Powell Stamper decd Estate and it was admitted to record.
Test H Stanard CMC
Although, Powell was not a rich man, he was comfortable for a man of his time.

Records concerning Cary, Susannah, Letitia, and Kerah are lacking. We are fortunate to follow the lines of John and Jonathan Stamper, Sr., in more detail.




Burial: May 23, 1727, Middlesex County, VA

Notes for MARY BROOKS:
Mary's parents were Jonathan and Sarah Brooks. From records of Christ Church Parish we find: "Mary daughter of Sarah widow of Jonathan Brooks bap'po, May 1687". This means that Mary's father had died before or shortly after her birth.
Sarah's maiden name is believed to be Mayo. This assumption probably stems from the will of Jonathan Brooks dated May 7, 1686, naming his wife as 'Saray' and Valentine Mayo as a witness. This assumes that Sarah was Sarah Mayo, a possible sister of Valentine Mayo. After the death of Jonathan Brooks, Sarah supposedly married John Burk (or Bourk) and had two children (twins), Mayo and Sarah, born May 22, 1690, and baptized on June 15, 1690.
It is known that John Mayo, Sarah, and Valentine Mayo lived in close proximity to each other.
Mary was left a widow with five young children, Cary had died at age eight. There is a record of a Mary Stamper marrying a John Dobbs on May 11, 1735. This would of been our Mary, for at that time women did not stay widows. The book, "Stamper Court Records of Middlesex Co., VA", states that Mary died in July of 1735.


i. CARY3 STAMPER, b. Jun 23, 1712, Middlesex County, VA; d. Sep 02, 1720, Middlesex County, VA.

Burial: Sep 04, 1720, Middlesex County, VA

3. ii. JOHN STAMPER, b. Oct 17, 1714, Middlesex County, VA; d. Bef. Oct 24, 1774, Middlesex County, VA.
iii. SUSANNAH STAMPER, b. Dec 19, 1716, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Jan 27, 1715/16, Middlesex County, VA

4. iv. JONATHAN STAMPER, SR, b. Apr 21, 1719, Middlesex County, VA; d. 1799, Wilkes County, NC.
v. LETITIA STAMPER, b. Sep 22, 1723, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Nov 24, 1723, Middlesex County, VA

vi. KERAH STAMPER, b. Mar 21, 1723/24, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Apr 24, 1726, Middlesex County, VA

 Generation No. 3


3. JOHN3 STAMPER (POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Oct 17, 1714 in Middlesex County, VA, and died Bef. Oct 24, 1774 in Middlesex County, VA. He married SARAH PERROTT2 Mar 25, 1733 in Middlesex County, VA3,4, daughter of ROBERT PERROTT and CATHERINE DANIEL. She was born Feb 06, 1708/09 in Middlesex County, VA.

John died shortly before his will was probated (October 24, 1774).
The Will of John Stamper:
Will Book No F, 1772-1787. p. 35
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I John Stamper of the Parish of Christ Church and County of Middlesex being very sick and weak, tho of sound sense and memory praised be to the Allmighty God for the same I do make constitue and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth That is to say First I give and Bequeath to my Son Robert Stamper and his heirs all my Lands Lying and being in the County aforesaid forever. Secondly My will and Desire is that the Remaining part of my Estate be sold to the greatest advantage it Possibly can and the money a Riseing from the sale I leave in the Hands care and Management of my Son Robert Stamper for the support and maintainance of my beloved wife Sarah Stamper during her Life and after her Decease her funeral Expences to be paid if any of the aforesaid Personal Estate should Remain the Hands of my Son Robert My Desire is it shall be Equally divided among all of my children. I do appoint my son Robert Stamper whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testamt as WITNESS my hand this Twenty Fifth day of July one Thousand seven Hundred and seventy four.
John Stamper /seal/
Signed Sealed & Delivered
in presents of
Henry Chowning
William Daniel


Baptism: Oct 17, 1714, Middlesex County, VA

5. i. ROBERT4 STAMPER, b. Dec 17, 1733.
ii. JOHN STAMPER5, b. Apr 14, 1737, Middlesex County, VA5; d. Feb 16, 1738/39, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: May 06, 1737

iii. POWELL STAMPER5, b. Mar 20, 1738/39, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Bet. Apr 25, 1738 - 1739

iv. JOHN STAMPER, b. Aug 17, 1741, Middlesex County, VA; d. 1774, Halifax Co, VA; m. ELIZABETH, Abt. 1765.

Baptism: Sep 13, 1741

v. SARAH STAMPER5, b. Oct 21, 1743, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Nov 20, 1743

vi. MARY STAMPER5, b. Nov 13, 1745, Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Dec 15, 1745


4. JONATHAN3 STAMPER, SR (POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Apr 21, 1719 in Middlesex County, VA, and died 1799 in Wilkes County, NC. He married RACHEL PARKS Abt. 1749, daughter of JOHN PARKS and MARY SHARP. She was born Dec 03, 1733 in King George Co, VA, and died Bet. 1793 - 1794 in Wilkes County, NC.

The birth and baptism (May 24, 1719) of Jonathan Stamper, Sr., is recorded in the Registry of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA. We have no other records of Jonathan until we find him, his family, and some other Stampers living in Amherst Co., VA in 1763.
We do not know the date that Jonathan Stamper, Sr., arrived in Amherst Co., VA, but he was there in 1755, when his son, Joel, was born.
Jonathan Stamper, Sr., and his family were among the first settlers in the area that became Wilkes County, NC (then Rowan Co., NC). They arrived in Wilkes County around 1767, from Amherst Co., VA. The destination of Jonathan Stamper, Sr., and his family was the land called "Lord Granville's Domain between the Yadkin and the Catawba Rivers" in North Carolina. North Carolina had been established originally as a proprietary colony belonging to eight English lords. In 1729, seven of these lords sold their rights to the colony to the King, but one, the Earl of Granville, refused to part with his share which, in 1744, was set apart with specified boundaries. Part of his "domain" consisted of a vast area which had been organized in 1749, as Anson County, but from which Rowan County had been cut off as a separate county in 1753. Shortly after Rowan County had been created, the county seat was established and named initially Rowan Court House, but this was later changed to Salisbury.
North Carolina was the first colony to be settled by the yeomen farmers and ex-indentured servants from the tidewater area of Virginia. Prior to 1752, there were virtually no settlers in the Forks of the Yadkin. The settlers of this region were largely of English stock, though there was a substantial number of Germans.
The Stampers initially lived on Bugaboo Creek, near the present-day town of Ronda, Wilkes Co., NC. They moved to the Roaring River area in the 1780's. Jonathan Stamper, Sr., and some of his sons owned land in Montgomery Co., VA (which then included the territory that is now Kentucky).
There are enough records in Wilkes Co., NC for one to determine that the Stampers were in NC several years before the first state grants were issued to them in the early 1780's. Yet, the Montgomery Co., VA records provide enough Stamper information for one to conclude there was some moving back and forth over the VA/NC border before their final settlement in NC.
Surry County was formed from Rowan County, NC in 1770. Wilkes County was formed from the western part of Surry County in 1777. Ashe County was formed from Wilkes in 1799, which then included Alleghany County and a part of Wautauga County.
According to the book, "History of North Carolina Baptists", the Wilkes County area had the largest Baptist population of any other area in the entire world during the years 1772-1778.
Mar. 7, 1763. Amherst Co., VA. John FREEMAN & wife Abigail to Jonathan STAMPER, £40, 200 acres on Stonehouse Creek. (Amherst Co., VA, Deed Book A, p.103.)
(On Sept. 16, 1765, Jonathan Stamper, Sr., received a Virginia Land Grant of 124 acres in Amherst County [Patents No. 36, 1764-1767 p. 881].)
(In July 1766, Jonathan and his wife Rachel, sold the Virginia Grant to John Rowzee, [Deed Book B, p. 100].)
(On Oct. 3, 1768, Jonathan sold the land purchased from John and Abigail Freeman to Joseph Richard [Deed Book B, p. 383].)
1771 Tax List, Surry Co., NC. JONATHAN STAMPER
1772 Tax List, Surry Co., NC. JONATHAN STAMPER
1772, Surry Co., NC. JONATHAN STAMPER was a constable.
1777 Tax List, Surry Co., NC, Capt. Benjamin Cleveland's Dist. JONATHAN STAMPER
1778, Wilkes Co., NC. JONATHAN STAMPER granted a license to operate an ordinary (inn). Richard ALLEN and Benjamin CLEVELAND, securities.
(Nov. 9, 1778, Jonathan entered a claim for 314 acres of land on Bugaboo Creek in Wilkes Co., NC. Jacob Stamper and Andrew Canady were the chain carriers for this survey, and the grant was issued on March 25, 1780.)
May 30, 1778, Wilkes Co., NC. JONATHAN STAMPER entered 320 acres on Bugaboo Creek against the Old Mill to CANADY's (KENNEDY's) line, including JONATHAN STAMPER, Jr.'s, improvement. (Wilkes Co., NC, Land Entry Book, No. 130.)
Oct. 24, 1778, Wilkes Co., NC. George PARKES entered 150 acres on Bugaboo Creek about a mile above JONATHAN STAMPER's. (George PARKES marked out, Wm. TOLBEY written in.) (Wilkes Co., NC, Land Entry Book, No. 480.)
Feb. 6, 1779, Wilkes Co., NC. JONATHAN STAMPER, SR., entered 100 acres on the waters of Bugaboo Creek at his other entry. (Wilkes Co., NC, Land Entry Book, No. 799.)
(Oct. 2, 1779, Jonathan entered a claim for land on Bugaboo Creek for 208 acres, and Thos Payne, Senr. and Josiah Stamper were the chain carriers for this survey that was issued Oct. 23, 1782.)
Nov. 8, 1779, Wilkes Co., NC. Thomas PAYNE, Jr., entered 100 acres on the waters of Big Bugaboo Creek on JONATHAN STAMPER's line. (Wilkes Co., NC, Land Entry Book, No. 1273.)
Dec. 31, 1779, Wilkes Co., NC. John BAKER entered 200 acres on a fork of Cranberry Creek on north side branch, runs into creek north side of Turkey Knob including the good land. (John BAKER & Solomon BAKER marked out; JONATHAN STAMPER written in.) (Wilkes Co., NC, Land Entry Book, No. 1457.)
Mar. 25, 1780, Wilkes Co., NC. Land Grant to JONATHAN STAMPER, 314 acres Bugaboo Creek, line between STAMPER and Andrew CANADA (CANNADY). (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book A-1, p.267.)
Land Records, Montgomery Co., VA (Book A, p. 55).
JONATHAN STAMPER, 300 acres on Steep Hill Branch
JACOB STAMPER, 200 acres on Brush Creek
JOEL STAMPER, 100 acres on Muddy Branch
POWELL STAMPER, 200 acres on Chestnut Ridge
1782 Tax List. Montgomery Co., VA.
(May 30, 1782, Jonathan Stamper requested a survey of 300 acres to begin at the Steep Hill Branch and run up the branch, so as to include his improvements. Land Records of Montgomery Co., VA [Book A, p. 55])
July 25, 1783, Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from Wm. LENOIR to JONATHAN STAMPER, £10, 30 acres north side of New RIver at mouth of Fighting Creek. Land granted LENOIR by state, Oct. 23, 1782. Wits: Richard ALLEN, Rowland JUDD. Signed: Wm. LENOIR. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book A-1, p.279.)
July 26, 1783, Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from JONATHAN STAMPER to Andrew CANADY, £70 Virginia money, 150 acres Bugaboo Creek. Pine marked in the presence of John TOLIVER. Signed: JONATHAN (X) STAMPER. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book A-1, pp.264-265.)
July 26, 1783, Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from JONATHAN STAMPER to Thomas ROBBINS, £120 Virginia money, 157 acres Bugaboo Creek where JONATHAN STAMPER formerly dwelt, upper part 314 acres tract. Wits: Edward FINCH, Richard ALLEN, John MORGAN. Signed: JONATHAN (X) STAMPER. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book A-1, p.266.)
Oct. 29, 1784. Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from Thomas ROBINS to Richard ALLEN, £130, 157 acres Bugaboo Creek. Pine marked in presence of John TALIFERO [TALIAFERRO]. Upper part 314 acre tract entered by Jonathan STAMPER, including improvement where STAMPER formerly dwelt. Wits: John BROWN, Benjamin HERNDON, James FLETCHER. Signed: Thomas ROBINS. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book B-1, pp.349-359.)
1785, Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from George WHEATLEY, Jr. to JONATHAN STAMPER, £100, 150 acres south side GAMBILL's fork Roaring River, conditional line between ALEXANDER and STAMPER, including STAMPER's plantation. Wits: George WHEATLEY, Sr., Randol ALEXANDER, Moses WHEATLEY. SIgned: George (X) WHEATLEY, Jr. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book C-1, pp. 86-87.)
1787 Tax List, Wilkes Co., NC, Capt. Johnson's Dist.:
JONATHAN STAMPER, SR., 150 acres, 1 poll
JOEL STAMPER, 200 acres, 1 poll
JONATHAN STAMPER, JR., 340 acres, 1 poll
JACOB STAMPER, 120 acres, 1 poll
Nov. 10, 1787, Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from Randolph ALEXANDER to George WHEATLEY, 52 acres south fork Roaring River. Wits: George WHEATLEY, Sr., Jonathan STAMPER, Mason WHEATLEY. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book D, p.435.)
1787, Wilkes Co., NC. Deed from JONATHAN STAMPER to Peter WHITAKER of Montgomery Co., VA, £15, 30 acres mouth of Fighting Creek. Wits: George WHEATLEY, George WHEATLEY, Jr., Mason WHEATLEY. SIgned: JONATHAN (X) STAMPER. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book C-1, pp.89-90.)
May 18, 1789, Wilkes Co., NC. Land grant to JONATHAN STAMPER, JR., 200 acres Roaring River at Martin GAMBILL's upper line. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book B-1, p.457.)
1790 Census, Wilkes Co., NC, 6th Company, p.121: JONATHAN STAMPER
2 white males over 16
0 white males under 16
2 white females
1 slave
Also listed (p.122): Joel STAMPER (1-3-3-1); Jonath. STAMPER (2-4-3-0)
Oct. 26, 1790. Wilkes Co., NC. Court Minutes. Ordered that the Iron Works Road now ending at Long Bottom on Roaring River be extended to Widow Gambill's. Jonathan STAMPER [probably Jr.], Joel STAMPER, and others appointed to a jury for that purpose.
Oct. 3, 1796, Wilkes Co., NC. Land grant to Charles GORDON, Sr., for 61,227 acres, mentions JONATHAN STAMPER's line on the south fork of the Roaring River, Joel STAMPER's line, and others. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book B-1, pp.548-550.)
1797 Tax List, Wilkes Co., NC, Capt. Nall's Dist.:
JONATHAN STAMPER, 300 acres, no polls (over 60 years of age)
JOEL STAMPER, 200 acres, 1 poll
JONATHAN STAMPER, JR., 100 acres, 2 polls
JESSE STAMPER, 250 acres, 1 poll
JACOB STAMPER, 322 acres, 1 poll
Dec. 13, 1798, Wilkes Co., NC. Land grant to JONATHAN STAMPER, 300 acres on Thomas JOHNSON's line. (Wilkes Co., NC, Deed Book D, p.600.)
1799 Tax List, Wilkes Co., NC, Capt. Johnson's Dist.: JONATHAN STAMPER, 300 acres, 1 poll
Among Jonathan's neighbors were the Caudills, Turners, Sebastians, Whitakers, and Adamses.
Jonathan Stamper, Sr., and his sons owned enough land at Bugaboo Creek to make several large plantations.
In 1772, Jonathan Stamper, Sr., served as a constable in the King's service in the Parish of Saint Jude, Surry Co., NC. Constables were appointed to preserve the peace in the different sections of the county.
Jonathan was a patriot during the American Revolution. DAR records state that Jonathan's services during the Revolutionary War was as follows: "paid for material aid in Salisbury District, NC for sundries furnished the militia of NC, VA, & SC as allowed by Brown, Erwin, and Greenlee Auditors Salisbury District in April 1782". Another DAR application states: "Jonathan Stamper, Sr., of Surry Co., NC who acted in capacity of public servant, Patriot, and he furnished horses and provisions for the Continental Army (actually it would have been the militia)".
In 1778, Jonathan Stamper, Sr., was granted a license to keep an Ordinary (tavern) in his dwelling house, with Richard Allen and Benjamin Cleveland as securities. The term "ordinary" in this instance was interchangeable with inn or tavern. It was a place where a traveller could expect to obtain lodging not only for himself and his family, but for his horses as well, and he could also expect to find food and drink. Not only was a license required to operate an ordinary, but the court set the prices that the proprietor might charge. In order to be granted a licence, one had to present a formal written petition. Furthermore, the proprietor of such an establishment was required to arrange for two citizens of substantial means to serve as securities.
Jonathan Stamper, Sr., lived on his large plantation until 1783. He then sold his land and moved to upper Wilkes County where he died in the spring of 1799.
Jonathan Stamper, Sr., was an owner of slaves as were most farmers of his day. We know that he owned at least three slaves, two women and one boy named James.
We are led to believe that Jonathan couldn't read or write because he signed his will with an "X" mark. However, not everyone in those days who signed by mark "X" were illiterate, and even if they could not write they could often read. Perhaps Rachel was able to read and write.
Jonathan Stamper, Sr., died testate in the spring of 1799. His will was proved in the April term of 1799, in the Court of Wilkes Co., NC. Jonathan's personal property was sold at an estate sale on the 4th and 5th of June 1799, raising a total of £354.2.5 (pounds, shillings, pence--20 shillings in a pound and 12 pence in a shilling). The will granted Rachel a "life estate" in the personal property; therefore, she must have predeceased her husband.
The Will of Jonathan Stamper, Sr:
In the name of God Amen. I, Jonathan Stamper, Senr. of Wilks County and State of North Carolina am very old But in good helth and sound memory I give my Soul to God to him that gave it to me my Body to the earth to be Buried. My Will and desier is that first all of my just debts be paid. I lend all my Estait both rail (real?) and personal to my Dearly Beloved Wife Rachel Stamper enduring life or Widowhood. After her lif or widowhood I give and bequeth to my son Jesse Stamper the land and plantation Where I now Live one negro boy By the name of James and the Bed that sd Jesse Stamper now lyeth on and If the sd Jesse Stamper Dies Without a Lawfl are (heir?) of his body my Will and Desire is that the Estate Be Brought in and Equally Divided amongst his Brothers and Sisters and after my Wifs Life or Widowhood my will and Desire is that the rest of my Estate be equall devided amongst the Rest of my Children my Will and desire is that the negroes may not be sold out of the family Given under my hand Seald With Seal and dated This Seventeenth day of decmber one Thousand Seven Hundred and ninety three - - -
Jonathan Stamper Senr
signed X (his mark)
John Forrester
William Sebastin Jut
I Leave my Son(s) Jonathan Stamper and Jesse Stamper Executors to my Estate.
(Jonathan Stamper, Sr.'s original will was in Wilkes County Wills 1778-1948 C.R 104-801.8; Jonathan Stamper File 1799)
April Term 1799:
The within deed was proven in open court by the oath of William Sebastian.
Wm. B. Lenoir, C.C
Recorded on page 509
By Wm. B. Lenoir C.C
After Jonathan Stamper, Sr.'s., death in 1799, the inventory of his estate showed he was a man of "means" or wealth.
July Term 1799
An account of the sale of Jonathan Stamper's Estate on the 4th and 5th of June 1799.
(Note: Prices have not been included)
SOLD TO---------------ITEM
Jesse Stamper____one negro woman
Jacob Stamper____one negro woman
John Burton______mare and colt
Jesse Tollivar___one yearling colt
Moses Tollivar___one mare
William Reavis___cow and yearling
Rubin Parks______cow and calf
Jacob Stamper____one cow
Joel Stamper_____one cow
Rubin Parks______cow and calf
John Burton______one yearling
John Burton______heifer yearling
Jesse Toliver____heifer yearling
Robert Burton____one heifer
George Reeves____five head of sheep
David Hickerson__twenty-four hogs
Joel Stamper_____one saddle
Jesse Stamper____one feather bed
Jacob Lyon_______one feather bed
Jesse Stamper____pot and hooks
Jesse Stamper____oven 8/one skillet 4/
Jesse Stamper____one wheel 14/
Jesse Alexander__one skillet
Jonathan Burton__frying pan
Jonathan Stamper_kettle
Jonathan Stamper_one flax wheel
Jesse Stamper____pair of wedges
Jesse Stamper____one wheel
Jesse Tolliver___one wheel
Jacob Lyon_______one hoe
Jesse Stamper____two basons
James Stamper____three basons
Jesse Stamper____eight plates
James Stamper____one bason
Jesse Stamper____one dish
Jacob Stamper____one pair of shears
Jesse Stamper____spoons
Jacob Lyon_______one jugg
Jesse Stamper____one shevel ploug
Jesse Stamper____one pair fire dogs
Jesse Tollivar___two axes
Ruben Parks______one mattock
James Stamper____one broad ax
Jonathan Stamper_one ploug
Jesse Stamper____ax 4/6 3 hoes 13/6
Jesse Stamper____one colter 4/6
Jacob Lyon_______one hackle
Jesse Stamper____one clevis
Ruben Parks______bar of iron
Ruben Parks______bar of iron
Jesse Stamper____two flat irons
Jonathan Stamper_tobacco knife
Jesse Tollivar___one handsaw
Jesse Tollivar___one drawing knife
Jesse Stamper____one chisel
Ruben Parks Jr.__hammer and chissel
Jacob Stamper____one hymn book
Jacob Stamper____one howell
Jesse Alexander__one howell
Hezekiah Barber__one round shave
Jesse Alexander__one screw augar
George Lewis_____one wimble bitt
Jesse Stamper____two cotton
Henry Johnson____one frow
John Burton______two cotton
Joseph Hammon____four pounds flax
Jesse Stamper____four pounds flax
Willis Alexander_one augar
Jesse Stamper____wheat patch
David Hickerson__spun yarn
David Hickerson__spun yarn
George Lewis_____two wool
James Stamper____one Bible
Jesse Stamper____one Testament
Jesse Stamper____one book
Jesse Tolivar____two books
George Lewis_____one bottle
George Lewis_____one bottle
Jesse Tollivar___one quart pott
Jesse Stamper____one bee hive
John Burton______one bee hive
John Townzee_____one bee hive
James Stamper____one bee gum
Moses Tollivar___one bridle
Jacob Stamper____one jointer
Ruben Parks______one jugg
James Stamper____one bridle
George Lewis_____one bell
Joseph Hammon____two hemp
James Stamper____two jointers
John Burton______one bell
Jesse Stamper____one table
Jesse Stamper____two chairs
Jesse Stamper____knives and forks
Owen Hall________three slays 10/6
Owen Hall________three butcher knives 14/
Owen Hall________two paper boxes and salt seller 5/
Owen Hall________one file3/ two cage 2/
Owen Hall________two saw 1"5 one hackle 2/
John Burton______pair compasses
Jacob Lyon_______one canister
Thomas Baker_____foot addze
Jesse Tollivar___shoe knife
Jesse Tollivar___one pewter half pint
Wm Raynolds______swingletrees
Wm Raynolds______one chest
George Lewis_____hogshead 7/Loom & slay 14
The above was retd. by Adrs. on Oath
Jonathan Stamper) Adrs.
Jesse Stamper) Adrs.
Wilkes Co., NC Will Book 2, pg. 79. Novemeber 4, 1802: Settlement with administrators of estate of Jonathan Stamper (Sr.), dec'd. Administrator Jonathan Stamper (Jr.) presented receipts and vouchers from different legatees (no names) in amount of $202.10. Signed: Jno. R. Johnson, William Petty, & R. Owens.

Baptism: May 24, 1719, Middlesex County, VA

We have not found any marriage records for Jonathan Stamper, Sr., but he refers to his wife as "Rachel Stamper" in his will of 1793. We now know that Rachel's maiden name was Parks. We know this because the Diary of E.M. Parks has a "Rachel Stamper" born 3 Dec. 1733, listed in it. This diary goes on to say that Rachel's parents were John Parks and Mary Sharp and that her grandfather was Thomas Parks.

6. i. JAMES4 STAMPER, b. Nov 04, 1750, Amherst County, VA; d. Mar 12, 1826, Grassy Creek, Morgan Co., KY.
7. ii. JOSHUA STAMPER, b. Abt. 1753, Amherst County, VA; d. Bef. Jul 09, 1822, Clark County, KY.
8. iii. JOEL STAMPER, b. May 17, 1755, Amherst County, VA; d. Apr 30, 1833, Wilkes Co., NC.
9. iv. JONATHAN STAMPER, b. Abt. 1757, Amherst Co, VA; d. 1831, Ashe Co., NC.
10. v. JESSE STAMPER, b. Abt. 1760, Amherst County, VA; d. Abt. 1828, Wilkes County, NC.
11. vi. JACOB STAMPER, b. Dec 15, 1762, Amherst County, VA; d. Jun 15, 1834, Eagle Creek, Owen County, KY.
12. vii. MARTHA FRANCES 'FRANKIE' STAMPER, b. Feb 14, 1767, Amherst County, VA; d. 1854, Sparta, Allegheny Co, NC.
13. viii. SUSANNAH STAMPER, b. Aug 22, 1767, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Aug 10, 1845, Lawrence Co, IN.

Generation No. 4 


5. ROBERT4 STAMPER (JOHN3, POWELL2, JOHN1)5 was born Dec 17, 1733. He married MILDRED Abt. 1759 in Middlesex County, VA.

Baptism: Jan 12, 1733/34

Children of ROBERT STAMPER and MILDRED are:
i. LEONARD5 STAMPER, b. Dec 14, 1769.
ii. SAMUEL STAMPER, b. Oct 06, 1775; m. SALLY KIDD, Apr 04, 1801.
iii. GEORGE STAMPER, b. Jul 22, 1777.


6. JAMES4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Nov 04, 1750 in Amherst County, VA, and died Mar 12, 1826 in Grassy Creek, Morgan Co., KY. He married SARAH MOORE 1773 in Wilkes Co, NC. She was born Aug 09, 1749 in Ashe Co, NC, and died Mar 12, 1839 in Grassy Creek, Morgan Co., KY.


Oliver Stamper in his book Descendants of James Stamper 1750-1826 terms James
Stamper as “farmer, trapper, hunter, and trader”. He says that James and wife Sarah
Moore Stamper arrived in Kentucky sometime between 1796 and 1825 and that they may
have first lived in what is now Letcher Co., Kentucky before migrating to Morgan Co.,
Kentucky. James Stamper apparently had several daughters in addition to the two sons
identified by Oliver Stamper. The 1790 census of Randolph Co., North Carolina lists a
Jammez Stamper with three sons and six daughters. It seems that most or all of the
daughters had already married in North Carolina, and when James decided to accompany
his sons to Kentucky they did not follow. James and his wife Sarah are buried at or near
Grassy Creek in Morgan Co., Kentucky.
James Stamper's general movements can be documented by his appearance in various tax lists and census records:
1774 - Surry Co., NC tax list
1779 - Randolph Co., NC tax list
1782 - Montgomery Co., VA tax list
1784 - Wilkes Co., NC tax list
1790 - Randolph Co., NC census
1820 - Clay Co., KY census

Burial: At or near Grassy Creek, Morgan Co, KY

Burial: At or near Grassy Creek, Morgan Co, KY

Children of JAMES STAMPER and SARAH MOORE are:
14. i. WILLIAM 'TATER BILL'5 STAMPER, b. Mar 22, 1774, Surry Co., NC; d. Apr 30, 1852, Greasy Creek, Morgan Co., Ky..
ii. SUSAN STAMPER, b. May 22, 1778, N.C.; d. Dec 19, 1857, Ashe Co., N.C.; m. LUTHER PERKINS, Nov 07, 1801, Ashe County, NC; b. Feb 07, 1777, Ashe Co, NC; d. Jun 01, 1858, Ashe Co, NC.
15. iii. THOMAS MOORE STAMPER, b. Abt. 1780, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Bef. 1850, Morgan Co., Ky..
iv. JOANNA STAMPER, b. Nov 05, 1781, Ashe Co, NC; d. Jul 1861.


7. JOSHUA4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1753 in Amherst County, VA, and died Bef. Jul 09, 1822 in Clark County, KY. He married JANE 'JENNIE' WOODRUFF Abt. 1778 in Bourbon Co, KY.

Joshua reportedly served in Revolutionary War. A Court Declaration in 1805, stated that Joshua was in Boonesborough in 1780, and resided at Strodes Station from 1780 to 1784. Joshua settled at Stroud's Station near Winchester, KY in 1779, where he died in 1825.
The Will of Joshua Stamper of Clarke Co, KY (received Apr 2007 from Hettie (David-Woodall) Sebastian, widow of Samuel Elihu Sebastian, Sr.)
In the name of God Amen. I, Joshua Stamper of the County of Clarke, and State of Kentucky, being weak and feeble of body but disposing mind and memory, do make and establish this my last will and testament: First it is my will and desire that after my death, that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner and that after all my just debts are paid, I give and bequeath my estate both real and personal in the following manner; to wit;

Item; I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel two cows and two feather beds, five sheep and one horse worth eighty dollars, the whole to be of good quality and the beds to have the furniture with the steds, the balance of my children having received heretofore the full amount. I therefore will that my wife, Jinny Stamper have the use of the whole of my land during her lifetime and three cows, seven sheep,, two horses, six hogs, two beds and ?? and furniture, one large plow, one small, one hoe and ax, and large one oven and pot, one dining table, six chairs all to be of her own choice, the balance of my personal estate to be sold and be equally divided amongst all my children, my son Richard Stamper’s two children, Nancy and Tommy to have one share, Polly Arnett, Rachel Stamper, John Stamper, Jonathan Stamper, Susan Gardiner, Nancy Donley. It is my will that all of my fore named children should have an equal share except my daughter Nancy Donley and if she should ever consent to live with her husband, William Donley, then in that case she is not to have any of my estate more than she has heretofore received in my lifetime and at the death of my wife, I will that the whole of my lands be sold and the balance of my personal estate also be sold and divided to heretofore expressed. I do appoint my son Jonathan Stamper to be my executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I set my hand and seal this 13th day of July 1822.

Joshua Stamper /seal/
Witness present.
Robert Cunningham
Elias Gardner

Clarke County October Court 1825
This last will and testament of Joshua Stamper dec’d was produced in open court and proven according to law ????


The following is taken from the book, "Methodist History of Adair Co., KY," pages 78 & 79 by Vista Royse Allison:
"One of the earliest families to join the Methodist Church in KY was Joshua Stamper and his wife, Jane. She joined first and he followed later. They are the parents of Rev. Jonathan Stamper. Mr. & Mrs. Stamper came from VA about the year 1778. They were forced to live in forts for twelve years and endure the hardships of frontier life."
"They lived first at Bonnesboro and then at 'Strondes Station'. Mrs. Stamper was an extremely sensitive woman and was often in fear she would not be among the elect. She was a faithful Christian woman and her home was always open to the weary itinerant and for many years served as a preaching place. She led a Godly life and the world is better that she lived, for she trained and sent out a Christian family of sons and daughters who loved and labored for the cause of Christ."
Their son, Rev. Jonathan Stamper has been quoted as saying "I have often heard my parents say they lived without bread or salt from the time of their arrival in Kentucky which was late in October until the corn ripened in the ensuing summer."


i. RICHARD5 STAMPER, b. 1779, Rowan Co, NC; d. 1822, Bath Co, KY.
ii. JOHN STAMPER, b. Dec 23, 1783, Clark Co, KY; d. Sep 29, 1871, IN.
iii. NANCY STAMPER, b. Abt. 1785; m. WILLIAM DONLEY, 1813.
iv. RACHEL STAMPER, b. Abt. 1790.
v. JONATHAN STAMPER, b. Apr 27, 1791, Madison Co, KY; d. Feb 26, 1864, Decatur, IL; m. ALETHA TUCKER, Abt. 1812.

Stamper Footprints, pg 31 .. From the records of the Kentucky Historical Society we find: (1) Jonathan, son of Joshua and Jane Stamper was a famous minister throughout Kentucky. He was a Methodist circuit rider. he also served in the war of 1812. (2) Joshua Stamper was at Boonesboro in 1779. (3) Joshua and Jane Stamper attended a sermon of Francis Asbury in 1790.

Joshua was a Revolutionary War soldier. He lived in Kentucky. His will was probated in Clark County, Kentucky, 9 July 1822.


vi. SUSANNAH STAMPER, b. Abt. 1800; m. (1) ELIAS GARDNER, Abt. 1818; m. (2) MARK SHUMATE, Nov 29, 1830, Wilkes Co, NC.


8. JOEL4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born May 17, 1755 in Amherst County, VA, and died Apr 30, 1833 in Wilkes Co., NC. He married NANCY CANNADY Jul 29, 1780 in Wilkes Co., NC. She was born Abt. 1755 in Halifax Co, VA, and died Aft. 1820 in Wilkes Co., NC.

Joel moved with his family to Wilkes Co., NC (then Rowan County) in 1767, when he was 12 years old. He was a minuteman in Captain Jesse Walton's Company. He stated that he served nine months and twenty-one days in the service. Joel's Revolutionary War pension was filled on February 4, 1833. His file number is S-3999, was issued on April 30, 1833. He was granted $32.33 per annum. In the Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index of 1966, his death date is listed as April 30, 1833.
On May 5, 1801, Joel purchased 100 acres on Fork of the Roaring River for £50. This included the plantation on which Matthew Ramey formerly lived.
According to the minutes of early Wilkes County, NC: Joel Stamper helped to lay off road in 1803.
We know that Joel owned land near his father and his brothers. Joel was a baptist.



Some researchers believe that Nancy Cannady was a daughter of Andrew Cannady (Kennedy), but it is not proven.

16. i. RICHARD5 STAMPER, b. 1781, VA; d. Aft. 1850, Breathitt Co., KY.
ii. RACHEL STAMPER, b. Abt. 1783, NC; d. Abt. 1840; m. THOMAS HANDY, Jul 25, 1822, Wilkes Co., NC.
17. iii. NANCY STAMPER, b. Abt. 1784, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Aft. 1860.
18. iv. JOEL STAMPER, b. 1788, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 1852, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.
v. JAMES STAMPER, b. Abt. 1792, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Feb 15, 1868; m. SUSANNAH; b. Abt. 1810, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Apr 24, 1871, Wilkes Co., NC.
19. vi. WILLIAM STAMPER, b. Abt. 1793, Wilkes Co., NC.
20. vii. ELIZABETH STAMPER, b. May 22, 1796, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 1865, Dallas Co., IA.
viii. MARGARET "PEGGY" STAMPER, b. 1798, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 1823; m. JOHN HANDY, Dec 23, 1820, Wilkes Co., NC.
ix. MARY STAMPER, b. 1798, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Abt. 1822; m. THOMAS HANDY, Feb 24, 1817, Wilkes Co., NC; b. SC.


9. JONATHAN4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1757 in Amherst Co, VA, and died 1831 in Ashe Co., NC. He married MARY "POLLY" DAVIS Bef. 1780 in Wilkes Co, NC. She died 1800.

Jonathan, Jr., lived at first in Wilkes Co., NC, but seems to have moved to the waters of Cranberry Creek, which later became Ashe Co., NC. His will was dated April 9, 1822, and was proved in February of 1831. He refers to a 300-acre tract of land, wife, and eight children. Jobe is the only one of his children that is identified by name in the will. Jobe was left a mare named Yellow and a colt named Bounce.
The Will of Jonathan Stamper, Jr., of Ashe Co, NC, (received April 2007 from Hettie (Davis-Woodall) Sebastian, widow of Samuel Elihu Sebastian, Sr.)
Know all men by these presents that I Jonathan Stamper of Ashe County and state of North Carolina being weak of body but of Sound and disposing Judgement, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do this day make this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows
In the first place I recomend that all my Just debts be paid, 2dlly the tract of land that I live on of 300 acres my wife she is to have during her life time also all household furniture and clothing and also what money may be on hand or owing to me. She is to have to support her while she lives- and after that each of my children being eight alive gets one cow apiece the remainder of my stock I want to be sold at publick sale giving a reasonable credit and the money that arises therefrom to be retained in the hands of my executors for the use and support of my wife during her life.
I give to my son Job a certain mare and colt called Bounce and the mare called yellow and all contracts between Job and myself concerning land is to stand good and binding on me, as the contract mentions between us already made and at my wifes decease I want all that may then remain of her property to be equally divided among my children that may then be alive and I hereby Constitute and appoint my son Job Stamper and my son in law John Long executors to see this my last will and testament truly performed according to the true intent and meaning thereof, and do declare this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this 9th day of April 1822.
Jonathan Stamper /Seal/
A.B. McMillan (Jurat)
Jno McMillan
(Ashe County, NC Wills C.R.006.801.5; Jonathan Stamper File 1822).



According to tradition, Mary "Polly" Davis was killed by men named Hart, Cox, and Bledsoe who were attempting to rob her of $700 in gold which she had buried near her home. This story was repeated by the late Will H. Daniel, a West Virginia lawyer who was a descendant of Jonathan and Polly. He was one of the first to do serious research on this line. According to him, the robbers killed Polly, but did not get the gold. Roy Wyatt, also a descendat of Jonathan and Polly, says that in the early 1900's a search was conducted around Jonathan and Polly's old homesite in present-day Alleghany co., NC and some of the gold was unearthed.
Jonathan Stamper, Jr.'s will was written in 1822, about nine years before his death, and makes reference to his wife, so if he was only married once, the event, if true, happened sometime after that, possibly even after Jonathan Jr., had died and left his wife a widow.


21. i. WILLIAM B5 STAMPER, b. 1780, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Ashe Co., NC.
22. ii. JOBE STAMPER, b. 1783, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Abt. 1860, Alleghany Co, NC.
23. iii. JOSHUA STAMPER, b. 1785, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 1853, Ashe Co., NC.
24. iv. JOHN STAMPER, b. 1786, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 1854, Ashe Co., NC.
25. v. SOLOMON STAMPER, b. 1788, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Oct 21, 1854, Laurel Springs, Alleghany Co., NC.
26. vi. SUSAN STAMPER, b. 1792, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Ashe Co., NC.
vii. FRANCES STAMPER, b. Wilkes Co., NC; d. Ashe Co., NC; m. TOBIAS LONG.
27. viii. LARKIN STAMPER, b. Jun 14, 1800, NC; d. Aug 10, 1862, Buchanan Co, MO.


10. JESSE4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1760 in Amherst County, VA, and died Abt. 1828 in Wilkes County, NC. He married BARBARA DEVAIT.

Records show that Jesse was a midget, as were two of his daughters, Rachel and Delphia. We do not have a record of his height, but according to legend, he was so short he had to ride his horse to sow wheat and rye.

Jesse and Barbara owned a large farm. Jesse inherited his fathers plantation and a negro boy named James.

Unlike her husband, Barbara was of normal height. We have no information on who her parents were.

i. JACOB5 STAMPER, b. Abt. 1795, Wilkes Co, NC; m. SUSAN CLARISSA 'CLARY' LAWSON, Nov 18, 1826, Wilkes Co, KY.
iv. DELPHIA STAMPER, b. Abt. 1805, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Apr 12, 1883.
v. RACHEL STAMPER, b. Abt. 1809, Wilkes Co, NC; m. MARK SHUMATE, 1830.
vii. CLARINDA STAMPER, b. Abt. 1815, Wilkes Co, NC; m. JOHN S BROWN, Mar 01, 1842, Wilkes Co, KY.
ix. FRANCES STAMPER, b. Abt. 1821, Wilkes Co, NC; m. AARON BROWN, Abt. 1844.


11. JACOB4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Dec 15, 1762 in Amherst County, VA, and died Jun 15, 1834 in Eagle Creek, Owen County, KY. He married (1) SUSAN. He married (2) JUDY PEAKE COBB 1829 in Owen Co, KY.

Jacob Stamper was in the Revolutionary War and fought at King's Mountain, NC. He applied for his Revolutionary War pension on October 1, 1832, in Owen Co., KY. His Rev. War Pension Application number is S16544.
Jacob said in his pension application that on a trip to New River along the Virginia line that they captured and hung a tory named Zachariah Goss.
In the pension application of Jacob Stamper (1762-1834) dated October 1, 1832, it states: "resides Exceedingly indigent circumstances and totally unable to provide for himself and family by reason of his almost total blindness in which condition he has been for several years past". This disease is called Retinitis Pigmentosa and it is a progressive degenerative disease of the retina of the eye. This results in night blindness and a total loss of vision in later life. This disorder is passed direct from parent to child, never skipping a generation.

It has been passed down through family tradition that Jacob was a short man. He was less than 5 feet tall.

In the book, "The Heritage of Wilkes County", there is an article submitted by the late Samuel Elihu Sebastian, Sr. It states, "Joel, Jacob, and Joshua STAMPER and the son-in-laws, John P. BURTON and Jesse TOLLIVER served in the Revolutionary War. Jacob Stamper was a man of small stature, served as a mounted scout, he not being able to walk long trips. Jacob and his sons Jesse and Jonathan went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they made brick and built brick houses. They later came back to Owen County, Kentucky and spent their last days there".
This book goes on to state, "Jesse married Nancy SEBASTIAN and his brother Jonathan, married Mary SEBASTIAN her sister, daughters of Benjamin Sebastian of Wilkes County, N. C."

The followng court record names 4 of Jacob Stamper's children:
It was this day satisfactorly proven to the satisfaction of this court in Owen County by the auth (oath) of George Wood who is a crucible person that Jacob Stamper late of Owen County Kentucky departed this life on the 15th of June 1834 and that at the time of his death he left no widow but the following children towit Jonathan Stamper Jepe Stamper (Jepe is a German way of writing the double "S" in Jesse), Nancy Wood late Nancy Stamper Elizabeth Morgan late Elizabeth Stamper all of whom still survive and are residents of Owen County and the court further certifies that this is further proven satisfactorily that the late Jacob Stamper was the identical person named in an original certificate presented to the court and respected by them bearing the date on the 5 day of Feby 1833 and signed by Levi "Cap" Secretary of War and numbered 5226 by which said certificate he became intitled to receive sixty dollars per annum during his natural life prov the 4 of March 1831.


Burial: Jun 1834, Owen County, KY
Military service: Revolutionary War soldier who applied for and received his pension March 4, 1831.

Judy is believed to be the daughter of Nathaniel Peake. She had been previously married to Samuel Cobb (1735-1809).

Children of JACOB STAMPER and SUSAN are:
28. i. JESSE5 STAMPER, b. Abt. 1782, Wilkes County, NC; d. 1845, Eagle Creek, Owen County, KY.
29. ii. JONATHAN STAMPER, b. Abt. 1782, Wilkes Co., NC; d. Abt. 1854, Breathitt Co., KY.
iii. NATHANIEL STAMPER, b. Abt. 1785, Wilkes Co, NC; m. (1) SARAH GAMBELL, Aug 23, 1800, Wilkes Co, KY; m. (2) POLLY HALSEY, Abt. 1850, Ashe County, NC.
iv. ELIZABETH STAMPER, b. Abt. 1788, Wilkes Co, NC; m. SAMUEL MORGAN.
v. NANCY STAMPER, b. 1790, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Dec 09, 1873, Clark Co, IL; m. GEORGE WOOD, 1831, KY; b. 1793, KY; d. Nov 06, 1864, Clark Co, IL.


12. MARTHA FRANCES 'FRANKIE'4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1)6 was born Feb 14, 1767 in Amherst County, VA, and died 1854 in Sparta, Allegheny Co, NC. She married JESSE TOLLIVER Oct 08, 1782 in Wilkes Co, KY. He was born Abt. 1756 in Fauquier County, VA, and died Mar 04, 1838 in Ashe Co, NC.

The 1850 Ashe Co., NC census shows Martha living with her son, Soloman Tolliver.


Jesse Taliaferro changed his name to Tolliver in 1782. From 1777 to 1782, he was enlisted as a private in Wilkes Co., NC. Jesse and Martha lived in various locations in what is now Alleghany Co., NC. Land grants give such descriptions as Jewel Swamp, south side of Peach Bottom Mountain, Little River, Glade Creek, and Dog Creek. They owned several farms at one time and it is believed they had slaves to help with the farming.

i. JANE5 TOLLIVER, b. Jul 06, 1783, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Ashe Co, NC.
ii. SUSAN TOLLIVER, b. Feb 14, 1785, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Bef. 1800, Wilkes Co, NC.
iii. SARAH 'SALLY' TOLLIVER, b. May 09, 1786, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Dec 28, 1859, Lee City, IL.
iv. JOHN TOLLIVER, b. Jun 20, 1788, Wilkes Co, NC; d. 1834, Ashe Co, NC.
30. v. MARTHA 'PATSY' TOLLIVER, b. Mar 13, 1797, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Wilkes Co, NC.
vi. JACOB TOLLIVER, b. Jul 26, 1799, Wilkes Co, NC; d. Oct 1854, Clay Co, IL; m. SUSANNAH ISOM, Dec 27, 1821, Grayson Co, VA.
vii. ALLEN TOLLIVER, b. Jul 18, 1802, Ashe Co, NC; d. Feb 11, 1891, Mitchell, Lawrence Co, IN; m. (1) SUSAN FENDER; m. (2) MAHALA LASWELL.
viii. SOLOMON TOLLIVER, b. May 13, 1804, Ashe Co, NC; d. Abt. 1865, Wilkes Co, NC.
ix. STARLING TOLLIVER, b. Mar 13, 1806, Ashe Co, NC; d. Aft. 1870, Alleghany Co, NC; m. MILLY SPURLIN.
x. HIRAM TOLLIVER, b. Mar 10, 1808, Ashe Co, NC; d. Dec 27, 1895, Wyoming Co, WV.


13. SUSANNAH4 STAMPER (JONATHAN3, POWELL2, JOHN1) was born Aug 22, 1767 in Wilkes Co, NC, and died Aug 10, 1845 in Lawrence Co, IN. She married JOHN PLEASANT BURTON 1779 in Ashe County, NC. He was born Jul 08, 1758 in Richmond, VA, and died Jul 04, 1836 in Mitchell, Lawrence Co, IN.

i. RICHARD P5 BURTON, b. 1782, VA; d. Sep 04, 1872, IN.
ii. MARTHA 'PATSY' BURTON, b. 1784, Ashe Co, NC; d. 1852, Clark Co, IL.
iii. ALLEN BURTON, b. Apr 20, 1786, Ashe Co, NC; d. Mar 01, 1861.
iv. JOHN M BURTON, b. 1788, Ashe Co, NC; d. 1838, Green Co, IN.
v. MARY 'POLLY' BURTON, b. Jul 06, 1790, Ashe Co, NC; d. Apr 26, 1864.
vi. DAVID BURTON, b. Mar 15, 1792, Ashe Co, NC; d. Jul 22, 1880.
vii. WILLIAM BUCHANAN BURTON, b. Feb 14, 1794, Ashe Co, NC; d. Sep 20, 1846, Lawrence Co, IN.
viii. HUTCHINS BURTON, b. Feb 12, 1797, Ashe Co, NC; d. Jun 03, 1869.
ix. HARDIN BURTON, b. Aug 15, 1798, Ashe Co, NC; d. Oct 06, 1873, IN.
x. ZACHARIAH BURTON, b. Sep 12, 1801, Ashe Co, NC; d. Jun 19, 1888.
xi. ANN BURTON, b. 1803, Ashe Co, NC; d. Jul 12, 1891.
xii. ELI BURTON, b. Oct 15, 1807, Ashe Co, NC; d. Mar 23, 1899.
xiii. ISOM BURTON, b. Oct 15, 1807, Ashe Co, NC; d. Sep 01, 1885.


  With help from many researchers, Jesse Stamper has assembled; added/updated the above information. Please feel free to contact Jesse (or myself); if there is a particular piece of information that you can add to or correct. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. GF

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